Irish Cheddar Cheesy Bread Bundt – #BundtBakers

Irish cheddar, beer, and butter help to make this pull-apart yeasted bread Bundt an instant fan favorite.

When Felice from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs and Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm suggested “Yeasted Bundts” as the #BundtBakers theme for March, I believe my exact words were, “I love and hate you at the same time, there’s going to be a lot of bad words being mumbled in my kitchen for this one!” And you know what? I was right.

The first bought of swear words began when my bread dough failed to rise. By now, most of you know that I live in a historic house with drafts coming into it from every angle. In most households, an hour or two is sufficient for dough to rise, in my house it requires about six hours to achieve the same result. Sometimes I think my house hates me.

Next up were a few choice words when I scraped my fingers grating the Irish cheese needed in this recipe. I believe there were five or six f-bombs, a few s-swears, and a gosh darn it all anyway to top things off. All I know is that Brenna gave me an odd quizzical look as if to say, “What’s your damage?”

Last, but certainly not least, was the joyous and rather loud event of attempting to get the yeasted bread Bundt to actually give up its hold of the Bundt pan. Cheese and hot metal become quite friendly and they do not enjoy being parted from one another’s company without much effort. I’ll refrain from sharing the words uttered during this little adventure.

Thankfully, all of the effort involved in making this Irish-inspired pull-apart bread was totally worthwhile. The bread turned out to be amazing and made a lovely addition to our snow day impromptu dinner with our amazing neighbors Amelia and James. Needless to say, I refrained from sharing with them just how many times I can use the f-word while baking bread. I believe the final count was somewhere around fifteen.

Irish cheddar, beer, and butter help to make this pull-apart yeasted bread Bundt an instant fan favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Irish Beer or Ale
  • 1 (1/4-oz.) Packet Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 Tablespoons Melted Irish Butter
  • 2 Cups Grated Irish Cheese
  • Additional All-Purpose Flour for Working the Dough
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Oiling the Bowl

Irish cheddar, beer, and butter help to make this pull-apart yeasted bread Bundt an instant fan favorite.

Directions:

  1. Microwave the beer for 30 seconds, or until it is warm. Stir in the yeast and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. On medium speed, mix the beer, 1-cup of flour, sugar, shortening, garlic seasoning, salt, and egg for 3 minutes.
  3. Decrease the speed to low and slowly add in the remaining flour. When the flour is incorporated, increase the speed back to medium and mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Knead the bread for 6 minutes on a lightly floured surface and then place it in an oiled bowl and then cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  5. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and shape it into a square on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch squares. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, coat it with melted butter and then roll each ball in grated cheese before placing it into a Bundt pan.
  6. Drizzle any remaining melted butter over the dough balls and sprinkle with any leftover grated cheese.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated 350-degree oven.
  9. Lightly cover with foil and then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  10. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before inverting onto a plate or platter. You may need to run a silicone spatula or knife along the edges of the pan to loosen the bread.

Irish cheddar, beer, and butter help to make this pull-apart yeasted bread Bundt an instant fan favorite.

Suggestions:

  • If you are using a store-bought garlic seasoning, you may want to eliminate the additional salt in this recipe or at least decrease it due to the sodium content.
  • This bread looks very dark and you may think it is burnt; I can assure you that it is not. It’s golden brown cheesy perfection.
  • Tenting the bread helps to prevent the top from over-browning.

Irish cheddar, beer, and butter help to make this pull-apart yeasted bread Bundt an instant fan favorite.

Improvements:

  • Use fresh herbs in this bread; I suggest chives or parsley. You can either add them to the dough or roll the dough balls into the finely chopped herbs after the butter and before the cheese.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of hot sauce to the melted butter.
  • There’s no room in life for a cheap Bundt pan; invest in a Nordic Ware Bundt Pan and live a happy life.

  • I used this Legion of Spice Garlic Head Seasoning to make this pull-apart bread. It has less sodium than most other brands, allowing you to decide how much salt you want in your recipe.
  • This Kerrygold Irish Dubliner is the perfect cheese to use in this recipe. You can, of course, substitute any type of cheddar, butter, or beer in this recipe, however, I’m gonna have to say that it won’t taste nearly as good.

Irish Cheddar Cheesy Bread Bundt

Irish Cheddar Cheesy Bread Bundt

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Irish Beer or Ale
  • 1 (1/4-oz.) Packet Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 Tablespoons Melted Irish Butter
  • 2 Cups Grated Irish Cheese
  • Additional All-Purpose Flour for Working the Dough
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Oiling the Bowl

Directions:

  1. Microwave the beer for 30 seconds, or until it is warm. Stir in the yeast and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. On medium speed, mix the beer, 1-cup of flour, sugar, shortening, garlic seasoning, salt, and egg for 3 minutes.
  3. Decrease the speed to low and slowly add in the remaining flour. When the flour is incorporated, increase the speed back to medium and mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Knead the bread for 6 minutes on a lightly floured surface and then place it in an oiled bowl and then cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  5. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and shape it into a square on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch squares. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, coat it with melted butter and then roll each ball in grated cheese before placing it into a Bundt pan.
  6. Drizzle any remaining melted butter over the dough balls and sprinkle with any leftover grated cheese.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated 350-degree oven.
  9. Lightly cover with foil and then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  10. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before inverting onto a plate or platter. You may need to run a silicone spatula or knife along the edges of the pan to loosen the bread.
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  • Wendy Klik

    It appears to have all been worth it Coleen. I certainly would appreciate a piece of that damned cake LOL>

  • Tia

    You had me at cheddar and bread! I love the Kerry Gold cheeses so this is recipe I will definitely try soon.

  • All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

    I am sorry about the mishaps you had along the way, but you cake looks seriously delicious. I would have been picking off little bits of the the cheese as soon as it came out of the oven. I am so glad that we can now get Kerrygold cheese and butter here.

  • Chimee Ahaiwe

    This dish looks super delicious!

  • Patty’s Cake Bakery

    YUmmmmy!!! Amazing!! I love it!!! A great bundt!!!! XOXO

    • Thanks Patty…it was nice to do something besides a cake this month!

  • Hasannah McGhee

    This looks so yummy, thanks for sharing!

  • This is the perfect recipe for St. Patty’s Day!!!

  • You know, I think I usually blame the yeast but my old draughty house might have a part to play too! I try to put the dough up on a shelf in a corner, partly to try to be out of draughts but also kids hands. Anyway, your bread looks wonderful and sounds delicious too!

    • Glad I’m not the only one with draft issues…I’ve tried several spots and so far a long vacation in the microwave covered with plastic wrap seems to be the best spot…but it still takes 3 times as long as it should!

  • Lauren Everson

    What a fabulous looking texture on that cheesy bread!
    Try putting the dough in the microwave or closed oven to help it rise faster. Of course, it’s best if you don’t need the appliance for a couple of hours.

    • The microwave is my go to hiding spot…still takes a long time though! They have some really fancy gadgets to help out, I’m just not sure if it’s worth the investment yet.